7,000 Days

March 21, 2013

As the father of two young boys, there’s one bit of unsolicited advice I hear all the time: “Enjoy them while you can because they grow up so fast!” Whether we are at a restaurant, church, or the mall, people see our sweet little dudes doing something cute or playful, then look at my wife and I and sigh as they share these words.

I’ve chosen to take it as a cautionary reminder because it is absolutely true. They do grow up fast. Too fast.

Aaron, one of my worship leader friends, is active on Twitter. He loves to post pictures of him doing fun things with his two kids. Sometimes they are playing air guitar in their pajamas in the living room. Other times they’re at soccer practice or waiting for the school bus. Almost always, he posts these pictures with the Twitter hashtag, #7000days.

Seven thousand days. That’s about 19.18 years. For most of us as parents, that’s about all the time we have with our children before they become young adults that make many of their own decisions.

That’s not very long. What I love about Aaron’s hashtags is that with every post, it’s as if he is saying, “I know 7000 days isn’t as long as it seems, so I’m trying to steward the gifts and time God has entrusted to me.”

What a great reminder.

In Psalm 90:12, Moses prays to God,

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Like it or not, time is finite. It’s limited. And you don’t have to be a parent to understand the concept of numbering your days. Whether it’s 7,000 days with your children, or 31,000 days of your life, we have a limited amount of time on earth, and we must learn to number our days so we gain a heart of wisdom on how to best spend them.

Wisdom is all about making the best choice with what we are given. We can’t possibly know the total number of our days, so wisdom here dictates that we make the best use of the time we’ve been given today.

Maybe you have 2,000 more healthy days left. Maybe you have 800 more days of being single. Maybe you have 14 more days of working at your job. The question is not, “Well how many days do I have left?”

The question is, “How can I leverage the time I have now to make the greatest impact for Jesus that I can possibly make today?”

Question:

What are some good ways to remind yourself to leverage each day for God’s Kingdom?



12 Comments to “7,000 Days”

  • Jeanine says:

    I love this reminder. It is so easy to fill our days with pointless things , that in the end really don’ t matter. So on that note, I think I’ll make a date with the granddaughters!

  • Anita says:

    Thank you for the “cautionary reminder” to re-evaluate the time. You addressed something that was on my mind lately…and I’m (trying) to make the best use of the time – with my 4-month old babe. I wonder: Is she growing up too fast, or is the time flying too fast!!!
    How I remind myself to influence my little one each day for God’s Kingdom is by reading, speaking, and singing the Holy Scriptures to her.

  • Laura says:

    What a great post! I am often guilty for getting caught up in the things I “need” to do to. I often have to stop and ask myself “if my life ended tomorrow would I regret how I spent today”.

    • Shana Schutte says:

      Laura,

      Those are some wonderful questions to ask. They remind me to make the most of serving those that Christ has placed in front of me.

      Come back and see us again.

      Blessings!
      Shana

    • Tracey says:

      Laura I just want to thank you for those words. Just reading that sentence makes you think long and hard. This sentence will be floating around in my mind today, “if my life ended tomorrow would I regret how I spent today.” I would love to share this in my blog if you wouldn’t mind. May God’s many blessings fall upon your life.

    • Yep, awesome thoughts, Laura. Thanks for reading!

  • Claudia says:

    Hi there,
    I’m a Realtor and as such I get to work double to be able to accomplish so many things for my clients. Most of The time I’m at the office. I have a daughter, she’s now 17 and I can tell you how much I regret for all the time I didn’t spend with her as she was growing up. I thought that since my husband is a very wonderful father, he would fill in for me… I was wrong. Although Gabby is a beautiful, smart and understanding young lady, I missed out the opportunities to be “her mom”. I was too busy with ‘my cases’.
    However, by the grace of God, He opened my eyes and I realized the she’s only a kid once and that soon she’ll leave the nest to fulfill her own life and purpose. So last year I made the decision to make sure priorities are put in the right place and I’m focused on spending more time with her. She knows that I’ll manage my time and will find a way to “be there, with undivided attention” for her. It’s amazing to see how her self confidence has become stronger since I’m walking “with her, by her side”. And it’s true, they grow up so fast. She was only 3 years old “yesterday”. I blinked and now she’s almost an adult. I’m sad for that time I lost, but I’m glad that now I’m building a strong and lasting relationship with her. She’s my precious gift from Heaven and I thank God for her and her Daddy.
    Thank you for your blog.

  • Jody says:

    With my kids estranged from me, I found myself calculating how many days I had with them and thanking God for those days. He knew already how many I was to have and how many I will get again. Although hard and I don’t understand the plan, I know His plans are the right ones. Makes one realize, when you count, to make sure those days are spent God centered with play, laughter, love and teaching, because we don’t have them forever and that is the only way to send our babies out into the world prepared, with God in their hearts!

    • Absolutely. And it’s not just about seizing opportunities with our kids, but with anyone. I remember one summer in college I worked at a hotel and there was an older lady who was a maid that I felt like God was prompting me to share the Gospel with. For some reason, I felt hesitant…I don’t remember why now. But I remember thinking, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” And the next day when I came in, we were told that she had quit her job there and moved, literally overnight, to another state. I don’t know if she was in witness protection or what, but it taught me a lesson that the only opportunity we can be sure we’ll have to impact others for Christ, whether in the lives of our kids or with others, is the opportunity we have now. Thanks for sharing, Jody!

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